Public access to Heroes Square has been closed off as work to upgrade the historic site began over the weekend.

According to a GIS statement on Saturday, the work will add new features to Heroes Square ahead of the next National Heroes Day ceremony, slated for January 2020.

It said the plans include new statuary at the site, and call for the semi-circular planters located in each corner of the square to be incorporated into the proposed monuments.

The statement said public access to Heroes Square will be closed throughout construction. The first phase of the upgrade is expected to last several weeks.

To prepare for the construction, the statement said, a number of plants, including some bull thatch palms located within the project’s footprint, are being uprooted and re-potted.

The trees will eventually be relocated around Heroes Square and elsewhere.